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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The extraordinary story of comedian Bob Monkhouse's life and career, told through the vast private archive of films, TV shows, letters and memorabilia that he left behind.

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

How Eric and Ernie became the kings of TV comedy. This episode reveals where it all began, as Morecambe and Wise begin drawing in audiences with their show Two of A Kind. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 1: Double Acts

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at double acts from Laurel and Hardy to Morecambe and Wise, from Reeves and Mortimer to Ant and Dec. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment looks at how variety shows became popular, went out of fashion and are now once again entertaining the nation. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Exploring Blackpool's history as the beating heart of British entertainment, the town that launched the careers of Morecambe and Wise and attracted stars as big as Sinatra. Show more

The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 8: Variety

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment looks at how variety shows became popular, went out of fashion and are now once again entertaining the nation. Show more

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do They Think They Are?: 10 Years, 100 Shows

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

The genealogy show celebrates ten years and 100 episodes with a look back at the outstanding moments of the award-winning series. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

How Eric and Ernie became the kings of TV comedy. After Running Wild, Eric and Ernie's TV career was marked out by an anxiety never to lose editorial control. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Documentary telling the story of how British figure skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean achieved perfection and an Olympic gold medal on 14 February 1984. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 1: Double Acts

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at double acts from Laurel and Hardy to Morecambe and Wise, from Reeves and Mortimer to Ant and Dec. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary which celebrates the history and aesthetic of country music, featuring Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, the Handsome Family, kd lang and more. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

The story behind Not the Nine O'Clock News, which launched the careers of performers Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson, and writer Richard Curtis. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Mel Smith
Participant:
Griff Rhys Jones
Participant:
Pamela Stephenson
Participant:
John Lloyd
Participant:
Richard Curtis
Participant:
Billy Connolly
Participant:
Dara O Briain
Participant:
Rowan Atkinson
Executive Producer:
Karen Steyn

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Documentary charting Ronnie Corbett's long career in comedy, featuring the man himself and the many comedians who admire him. Includes interviews with Miranda Hart and Rob Brydon. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Ronnie Corbett
Participant:
Miranda Hart
Participant:
Rob Brydon
Participant:
Stephen Merchant
Participant:
Bill Bailey
Participant:
Matt Lucas
Participant:
David Walliams
Participant:
Catherine Tate
Participant:
Reece Shearsmith
Participant:
Bruce Forsyth
Participant:
Michael Palin
Participant:
Ben Miller
Participant:
Jessica Hynes
Participant:
Jon Culshaw
Participant:
Kevin Bishop
Participant:
Tamsin Greig
Participant:
Stephen K Amos
Executive Producer:
Caroline Wright
Executive Producer:
Geoff Posner

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A tribute to comedian Rik Mayall, who left a body of work that spanned four decades, including characters Rik in The Young Ones and Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Simon Callow
Executive Producer:
Tara Duffy
Participant:
Rik Mayall
Participant:
Alexei Sayle
Participant:
Greg Davies
Participant:
Ruby Wax
Participant:
Andy de la Tour
Participant:
Rowland Rivron
Participant:
Lloyd Peters
Participant:
Lise Mayer
Participant:
Ben Elton
Participant:
Lenny Henry
Participant:
Pauline Melville
Participant:
Michael Palin
Participant:
Tim McInnerny
Participant:
Christopher Ryan
Participant:
Jools Holland
Participant:
Simon Pegg
Participant:
Mike Redfern
Participant:
Jon Plowman
Participant:
John Lloyd